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Visiting the Directorate-General for Translation

DG Translation is happy to arrange visits to its premises in Brussels and Luxembourg — on request — for groups of visitors with a serious professional interest in our work.

Please be aware that we can only grant requests for visits as staff workload and availability permit.

Who can visit?

Groups of university students, academics, professional linguists, elected representatives or officials of government bodies or international organisations.

What will you see?

Each visit is tailored to the group concerned, so let us know what you are interested in (in the visit application form). You can find information on our activities on our website.

We do not offer teaching sessions for translation students or opportunities to sit in with working translators.

Languages used

Where possible, we organise presentations in whichever official EU language(s) you request. On some specialist topics, however, we may not be able to provide a speaker in certain languages.

In that case, the presentation will be in a language of which your group's members have at least a passive knowledge.


We cannot reimburse any costs related to visits. Therefore, you will have to cover all travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses yourselves.

Timing and length

Visits can be organised from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays and days when the Commission is closed. Visit lengths may vary from 45 minutes to an entire day.

Advance notice

Your application must reach us at least 16 working weeks before the date you wish to visit. The further in advance you contact us, the more likely we will be able to arrange a successful programme for you.

Size of group

Student groups should consist of at least six people, including any accompanying teachers. We may accept smaller groups from other visitor categories at our discretion.

Individual visitors will be invited to join groups already scheduled to visit DG Translation, where the date and language of presentation permit.

How to apply

Directorate-General for Translation
Communication and Information — Unit DGT.02
Office G-6 6/08
European Commission
B-1049 Brussels

How to reach us

by public transport — from the Schuman roundabout, take bus 12 (direction: Brussels Airport) or bus 21 (direction: NATO).

The ride takes 20-25 minutes. Get off at the Genève bus stop. Turn left as you exit the bus, and the entrance to DG Translation's G-1 buildingpdf will be 50 metres ahead on your right.

by public transport — from the railway station, take bus 18 (direction: John F. Kennedy).

The ride to the Commission's Kirchberg site takes 10-15 minutes. Get off at the Jean Monnet bus stop and turn right — the big brown building with flags across the street is the Jean Monnet buildingjpg.


When you arrive, please go to the security desk and inform them of the reason for your visit. You will be asked for proof of identity before you are allowed to enter Commission premises.